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A medium sized insect often characterised by its long 'clubbed' antennae. Owl flies form part of the Neuroptera wich also includes antlions who by contrast have shorter less clubbed antenna and smaller eyes. Owl flies have large divided eyes where the name 'owl fly' comes from. In this species the owl fly clings to plants and streamlines its body and wings along the surface with the tail raised. This is thought to mimic a boken twig or piece of vegetation. Adults use the same resting place over extended periods and are often seen flying low over beaches in late summer hunting other insects.
Sandy areas bordering fynbos and sea facing gardens